Saturday, January 19, 2013

Saga 36

“Have you come up on the lottery?”
 “No I haven’t, because I don’t do it.”
“Why don’t you do it?”
“I don’t do it because I’ve got enough money. Even if I did it, the chances of winning are 14 million to 1. That’s just throwing my money away, isn’t it?”
“But you’re not throwing it away; the majority of the proceeds go to charity and a lot people benefit as a result.”
“Well, that’s great. If I wanted to give to a specific charity I would. In fact; you don’t know if I give or if I don’t. I’m not telling you anyway. For those who do, the left hand shouldn’t know what the right hand does.”*
“I’ll let you into a little secret. Have you been to Burnham-on-Crouch lately? There’s a super dreamboat there at Clarke and Carters. She’s a Saga 36, designed by Alan Pape. You know he loves double-enders with long, deep keels on the lines of Colin Archer sailing lifeboats.
“You see, I love them too. And you know what? I do the lottery, and as a result my bank balance is bulging. I’ve got so much money I could buy a whole fleet of Saga 36s! Do you want to crew for me?”
“No thanks,” I said, “I’ve got a phobia of big boats. They are more trouble than they are worth. There’s so much to go wrong with them, and if you fall overboard there’s a long way to climb back. You’ll always need a crew, and you can’t get into the places a small one can. You are welcome to your dreamboat; I hope she doesn’t become a nightmare. Money buys a whole load of problems - the more you’ve got, the more you have to worry about.”
*Matthew 6:3 ‘But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.’
Saga 36 for Sale
Saltram – Saga 36
Saltram 36 / Saga 36
Colin Archer
Colin Archer Double-enders


Bursledon Blogger said...

there was a time when i thought heavy long keel boats were the quintessential cruising yachts, despite sailing a brilliant van de stadt 34 to the Caribbean and back, I was still convinced heavy long keel was the way to go, and hence bought an Endurance 35, so called because the crew has to endure long slow passages - small, light but well designed and strongly built but most of all simple

William Serjeant said...


I knew a guy who built an Endurance 35 and sailed her around the world. He took on paying crews and came back with money in the bank! Great experiences, too.